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MSCI BlogCorporate Bonds Through a Factor and ESG Lens
COVID-19 has had a profound impact on how companies manage cash flows and liquidity. Bond investors face the possibility of increased leverage, rating downgrades and defaults. Can factors and ESG metrics shed light on these risks?
MSCI BlogManaging Climate Risk in Equity Portfolios: A Case Study
Institutional investors are increasingly focused on mitigating their climate-related risks. How could a “typical” active global equity manager have managed these exposures without disturbing the portfolio’s risk and return characteristics?
MSCI BlogUp in Smoke? Brazil’s Wildfires May Affect Bond Spreads
Clearing Brazilian forests to make way for agriculture may spur a backlash to soy and beef producers if purchasers impose deforestation-free rules. What are the potential implications for debt of affected companies and for Brazilian sovereign debt?
MSCI BlogMeasuring Climate Risk in Real Estate Portfolios
By evaluating real estate portfolios in terms of different physical risks as well as under different transition-risk scenarios, investors may be able to build a more complete picture of their exposure.
MSCI BlogWould Integrating ESG in Chinese Equities Have Worked?
ESG ratings have reflected financial risk and returns in developed-market and emerging-market equities. But was this true in China, where ESG considerations are still in their infancy?
MSCI BlogESG Ratings: How the Weighting Scheme Affected Performance
Our recent research suggests that environmental and social issues were more industry specific and tended to show up in financial measures over a longer time frame compared to governance issues. How can E, S and G issues be combined?
MSCI BlogWhich ESG Issues Mattered Most? Defining Event and Erosion Risks
Very different ESG issues can be material for different industries. Our research suggests that risks can be divided into two main types: “event” risks and “erosion” risks to companies’ long-term competitiveness. Which ones mattered most for E, S and G?
MSCI BlogIs ESG All About the ‘G’? That Depends on Your Time Horizon.
The conventional wisdom has it that governance is the most dominant of the three E, S and G pillars. But our analysis finds different results when looking at contribution to performance over different time horizons.
MSCI BlogBuilding Better ESG Indexes: 30 Years On
How ESG indexes have evolved over the past 30 years: A Q&A with Stuart Doole, head of new index development at MSCI, about his conversations with investors since the COVID19 crisis started, the growth of ESG investing and how MSCI Research uses AI and machine learning in developing its ESG indexes.
MSCI BlogFive lessons for investors from the COVID-19 crisis
COVID-19 unleashed a torrent of sharp movements across global financial markets. We highlight five key lessons for investors regarding global investing, managing factors, active management, indexed investing and ESG investing.